Whitehall IT reform on track



John Riley

Two thirds of the Cabinet Office recommendations proposed this June in a bid to prevent public sector IT disasters will be...



John Riley

Two thirds of the Cabinet Office recommendations proposed this June in a bid to prevent public sector IT disasters will be implemented by December.

Speaking at a meeting of Pitcom (the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee) earlier this week, Ann Steward, the Cabinet Office's director of e-government, said the Government is on track to avoid the mistakes of the past in future complex IT projects.

Steward told the Pitcom meeting that, of the 30 recommendations from the Successful IT: Modernising Government in Action report published in June, 19 will be completed by December, with work on the others continuing. "We have met our targets, delivered on recommendations. It is a continuing challenge to embed processes in the workplace," she said.

The 30 specific recommendations in the report sought to prevent disasters in complex IT-based change programmes by improving:

  • Focus on business change across government

  • Encouragement of good leadership and clear responsibility

  • Project management

  • Incremental approaches

  • Management of risk

  • Government-supplier interaction

    Brian Collins, international IT director at Clifford Chance, told the meeting the Government still has a lot to learn about managing large programmes of change. He stressed the need for up-front planning, investment in the best people and alignment with business objectives.

    www.citu.gov.uk/itprojectsreview.htm

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